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How Benue Residents Depend On Shallow Pits For Contaminated Drinking Water



Some communities in Benue States have been dealing with the hardship of shortage of water as residents should dig shallow pits to get soiled water for ingesting and home functions.
Certainly one of such communities is Agasha the place a major variety of residents depend upon a shallow properly dug in a swamp beside the dried-up river for residents to get water, The Cable reviews. 

The newspaper reviews that the locals should queue up every day with a number of sizes of bowls and basins to fetch.
“Daily I come right here and see the water dried up, it makes me cry,” mentioned an outdated lady addressed as Mama.
“Now, not solely will we use soiled water, it isn’t sufficient for everybody. To have water in any respect to your every day utilization, you’ll have to get up round 3 am to affix an extended queue.”
“And when that occurs, we often fall again on swampy areas for water. That’s the place ailments just like the one which made me blind come from,” mentioned James, an aged resident of Agasha.
Mike Igber, chairman of the water, sanitation and hygiene committee (WASHCom) in Agasha, mentioned the army as soon as donated a hand pump borehole to the group however it stopped working “a very long time in the past” and that no try has been made to repair it.
“The saddest story is that no state authorities within the final 50 years has ever performed something concerning the group’s water dearth,” mentioned Igber.

Like it’s in Agasha, the river in Ipaav, Gboko LGA, as soon as served the group, however lately, it has dried up and the residents have dug a makeshift properly in a swamp across the space. Though the water is unclean, residents don’t have any alternative however to make use of it for his or her every day wants.


Joseph Agibee Terlumun, the group spokesperson mentioned it was disheartening watching the residents drink the water.
“I used to be born on this group simply as my father was. Although, I wouldn’t know the way lengthy (outdated) this group is; however I can state categorically that I’ve by no means seen any authorities businesses right here,” he mentioned.
“It’s only throughout electioneering when a few of them will ship their boys to come back and provides us issues like seasonings and salt simply to vote for them.
In line with this publication, in Oye-Obi, a group within the 66Oju native authorities space, which is surrounded by rivers on each aspect, water shortage shouldn’t be an issue. However whereas water is all the time accessible, the River Obi which the group depends on is completely unclean; it’s soiled and has an offensive scent.

Whatever the state of the water, residents are all the time on the river financial institution to scoop some for his or her every day use.

“Ours is now like a group that has by no means been part of Benue state or this entire nation,” says 72-year-old Abraham Ogbu Ijih.
“Our lives at the moment are marked by abject poverty and poor dwelling circumstances. We’re surrounded by water and forest on each aspect. But, we’re thirsty with no entry to scrub water.”
Ijih, a visually impaired man who has lived in Oye all his life, mentioned he misplaced his spouse and youngsters to a “water epidemic” in 2020.
“I went blind six years in the past. I wasn’t blind from childhood. However in 2020, I misplaced my spouse and three youngsters to water impurities. There was a interval on this group the place a water epidemic killed about 273 folks in accordance with our communal data,” the previous rice farmer mentioned.
Clement Onaa, chairman of Oju LGA, acknowledged the water issues within the communities however mentioned there was some intervention from the state and federal governments.

“We’re working in collaboration with the state authorities and the federal ministry of water assets and environmental sanitation and now we have recorded some stage of intervention,” he mentioned.
“A few of these interventions embrace the supply of solar-powered motorised boreholes to the folks of Oye-Obi. The group had water air pollution someday in the past and a part of the interventions was to ameliorate their plight of unhealthy water.
“Waters in our place are all the time recharged with rainfall and every time there is no such thing as a rainfall, the amount of water reduces.”
Onaa referred to as on the state and Nigerian authorities to supply extra boreholes to the affected communities.
In Otobi group positioned in Otukpo LGA, there are shallow wells dug on each side of the street. And regardless of the milky color of the water, youngsters are all the time discovered round them; excited to fill their basins and pots to the brim.
Richard Inalegwu, a resident of the group, mentioned they don’t have any functioning borehole, including that each one the residents drink from the identical place, save for many who don’t thoughts strolling lengthy distances to some neighbouring communities which have boreholes.

“In terms of drinkable water, we don’t have choices. It’s both you drink the water or not, since I used to be born and have been dwelling on this group,” he mentioned.
Rachel Agbenu, one other resident who had a heap of soiled garments to clean, mentioned: “The shortage of water is worrisome. My household has not been capable of wash our garments for the previous three weeks as a result of there is no such thing as a water. Now we have even reused a few of our soiled garments.
“Simply to drink water, we frequently go to a close-by group just a little removed from right here. Even at that, the water shouldn’t be all the time clear and persons are all the time too mamy there, and there may be by no means sufficient water to go spherical everybody.
“Generally, we spend nights there.”

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